Precor 9.31 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
The Best Buy winner in the $3999 price range. This is the best value of Precor's high end. You pay for the name but you get a quality treadmill. That is typically what happens with the big brands that have a strong presence in the clubs.
An extremely solid treadmill.
The Precor 9.31 is a very good treadmill. While you are paying a bit extra to see the name Precor on your machine, it's still a good value. We gave this treadmill our Best Buy award for treadmills in the $3,000-$3,999 price range. To give you an idea of how much we like this model, it's the treadmill we use in our office's gym.
The motor is pretty good. It has an adequate amount of power. It definitely gets the job done, and serious runners can use this machine to help with their training. We were a bit surprised to not see a better motor, simply because their $1,599 treadmill has the exact same capabilities. It's not a major issue, but it is something they could have improved upon.
This model was designed to be a low-impact treadmill, and Precor really came through to this end. They used Ground Effects Impact Control, which is made to absorb shock at the point of impact and provide stability where you push-off. It uses individual shock absorbers to provide variable cushioning. Precor claims this will help you to maintain speed and prevent fatigue. Regardless of whether those claims are true or not, it's one of the best cushioning systems on the market. Aside from some treadmills by True and a couple of Lifefitness models, you're not going to find anything better at or below $4,000.
We really expect this to be a very reliable treadmill. There are not too many machines that appear to be built to last like this one is. If it holds up as we believe it will, it will rival some of the most expensive models that are on the market.
The warranty on this model is great. It covers labor for 1 year, parts and wear items for 10 years, and the frame and welding for life. Aside from a select few manufacturers, such as Smooth and Vision, no one is willing to offer a better warranty without charging at least a few hundred more dollars.